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Contents

Welcome to Singapore The Learning Hub Accommodation in Singapore

· Accommodation Options · Guide to Average Accommodation Rental

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Short-term Student Accommodation Long-term Student Accommodation

· Accommodation Index · Student Accommodation Zones - Map · Long-term Student Accommodation

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(by Zones) - Directory

· Accommodation Provided by

Educational Institutions

Tips on Living in Singapore

· Renting Accommodation · Equipping your Home · Public Utilities · Amenities in and around HDB &

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Private Estates

FAQs Emergency Services / Useful Phone Numbers Index Maps

· Singapore Learning Hub · Island Map - MRT lines / Expressways

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Welcome to Singapore

We are pleased to welcome you to Singapore, a vibrant hub of lifelong learning. As you start on your fascinating journey of discovery, education and self-improvement, you will find that there has never been a better time to begin that journey than now in Singapore. This cosmopolitan city state offers a range of education choices and cultural diversity to enrich your learning experience during your time here. Studying away from home opens up a world of exciting learning possibilities, more so in a country as progressive as Singapore. But along with the excitement comes the unknown as you begin your learning journey. That is why we have put together this accommodation guide to help you settle into life in Singapore quickly while avoiding common problems. We hope that you make a home away from home during your term of study in Singapore and that you make the most of your time here with the information we provide.

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ng g The Learning Hub ing Hu

Reviving community life in the heart of the city's historic Bras Basah district, the Learning Hub is a complementary blend of new and old. Centred within the borders created by Selegie Road, Rochor Road, Bras Basah Road and Victoria Street, (see map on page 67) the Learning Hub is already home to a number of traditional educational institutions and numerous private education establishments and Arts facilities. The Learning Hub has seen the re-opening of the Singapore History Museum, the new National Library and some prestigious names in tertiary education. This vibrant setting surrounded by museums, theatres, art galleries, cafes, restaurants and shopping centres will draw around 16,000 students and artists to the district by the time of its completion, to realize the vision of Singapore's hub for arts, culture, learning and entertainment.

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Accommodation in Singapore

Accommodation is an important consideration while you are living away from home. You should arrange for temporary accommodation (refer to Short-term Student Accommodation on page 11) before you leave your homeland unless you have already arranged long-term accommodation for the duration of your course. Your institution in Singapore may be able to make short-term accommodation arrangements for you. Alternatively, you can call the Student Services Hotline at 6831 3764 for assistance or visit the website www.singaporeedu.gov.sg Once settled in your temporary lodgings, you will have sufficient time to find the ideal permanent accommodation to suit your needs and lifestyle. The type of accommodation you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and your budget. There is a wide variety of accommodation types in Singapore to suit different budgets and needs.

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Accommodation Options

There are several accommodation options available to you. You may find that you qualify for accommodation provided by your institution of study such as a boarding school, school hostel or Halls of Residence. Depending on your budget and personal circumstances, you may also consider staying in a private hostel or renting private housing ­ landed property, apartments, condominiums and serviced apartments. A more affordable option in this category is to rent privately from tenants of Housing Development Board (HDB) flats. In accordance with HDB guidelines, you can rent a room in a HDB flat or the entire flat. For very shortterm needs, a room in a hotel may be the preferred option.

Housing Development Board (HDB)

The Housing Development Board (HDB) is the government body providing subsidised, affordable homes of high quality to 84% of Singapore's population. Integrated into environments that meet modern lifestyle needs, each estate is a vibrant hub of community life and activity, carefully landscaped to make a better home for all.

Eligibility to Rent HDB Flats

Before you rent a HDB apartment, you should know the legal limitations on the landlord. Subletting the whole flat: HDB flat owners must seek approval from the respective HDB Branch Office before subletting their whole flat. Ask to see the approval or in-principle letter before you sign any contract.

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Subletting bedrooms: HDB approval is not required for subletting of bedroom/s but the flat owners must continue to live in the flat during the period of subletting. The maximum number of bedrooms that can be sublet and the maximum number of occupiers* allowed in each flat depends on their flat type.

Flat Type Maximum Number of Bedrooms Allowed for Subletting Maximum Number of Occupiers* Allowed in Each Flat

3-room 4-room 5-room Executive

1 bedroom 2 bedrooms 2 bedrooms 2 bedrooms

6 persons 8 persons 8 persons 8 persons

* includes owners, authorised occupiers and subtenants

HDB flat owners of one and two-room flats are not allowed to sublet their bedrooms. For further information on HDB matters, visit HDB's infoWEB at www.hdb.gov.sg

Private Housing ­ Landed Property, Apartments & Condominiums

An alternative is to rent a privately owned apartment or house directly from the owner. This can be an expensive option, so sharing with fellow students helps to spread the cost. These properties can be found advertised in the newspapers, online, on supermarket notice boards, or by hiring a property agent.

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Serviced Apartments

For those on a higher budget and who are staying for a longer period accompanied by family requiring the comforts of home, serviced apartments make a convenient option. These are comfortable apartments owned and managed by a property company and fully furnished like a normal home, but with hotel-style services provided such as house keeping. You will find a complete range of choices from the luxurious to the basic, from studios to penthouses, within the city centre or in suburban districts.

For a complete listing, refer to the Serviced Apartments Association Directory or contact the Association directly for more details: Serviced Apartments Associati Association d 20 Maxwell Road well #06-03 Maxwell House Singapore 069113 e Tel: (65) 6222 8436 Fax: (65) 6222 3703 www.servicedapartments.org.sg rvicedapartments.org.sg Email: [email protected] [email protected] vicedapartments.org.sg ervicedapartment

Hotels

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Guide to Average Accommodation Rental

There are various accommodation options available to suit your budget. The following table gives an indication of what you can expect to pay.

Private Homestays HDB

S$500 to S$1,000 per month. S$250 (room only) to $1,000 (whole flat) per month Private Property S$1,300 to $4,000 per month Hostels S$140 to S$440 per student per month depending on the number of students sharing the room Serviced Apartments S$3,000 to $6,000 per month Hotels from $30 to $600 per room per night

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Short-term Student Accommodation

If you have not found suitable accommodation before arriving in Singapore, and to keep costs low, you can stay in temporary accommodation while you continue your search. You may consider the following offers in such circumstances.

Katong Hostel

Double 7 days 10 days 14 days 21 days Triple 7 days 10 days 14 days 21 days Quartet 7 days 10 days 14 days 21 days

S$ 30.00 per day per student S$ 28.00 per day per student S$ 25.00 per day per student S$ 20.00 per day per student

S$ 25.00 per day per student S$ 23.00 per day per student S$ 20.00 per day per student S$ 18.00 per day per student

S$ 20.00 per day per student S$ 18.00 per day per student S$ 15.00 per day per student S$ 12.00 per day per student

Food S$ 15.00 per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) S$ 2.50 for breakfast only Transport S$ 100.00 per trip from airport to hostel S$ 45.00 per trip within town area Inclusive of Facilities Laundry, and 5 hours Internet (Free of Charge)

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Other Facilities Basketball court, indoor badminton court, computer room, medical centre and minimart Remarks Offer may be extended to visiting friends and relatives

Student Accommodation Rates at YMCA International House

Room Type Standard Single Standard Twin Extra Bed Rates (per room per night) S$ 65.00 ++ (incl. breakfast) S$ 75.00 ++ (incl. breakfast) S$ 25.00 ++ (incl. breakfast)

Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 5% goods & services tax

Conditions: 1. Minimum stay of 1 week (6 consecutive nights). 2. Presentation of Student's Pass and/or letter of acceptance are required upon check-in. 3. To indicate "Students" upon placing reservations to ensure the correct billing. 4. Applicable to accompanying friends and relatives.

Check that rates are still applicable when making reservations.

Reservations: YMCA International House One Orchard Road Singapore 238824 Tel: 65-6336 6000 Fax: 65-6337 3140 Email: [email protected] Website: www.ymca.org.sg

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For more accommodation options, please refer to the Accommodation Guide, available at Tourism Court and all Singapore Visitors' Centres.

Long-term Student Accommodation

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Accommodation Index

Type of Accommodation

Boarding Schools

Hwa Chong Institution Boarding School Nanyang Girls' Boarding School Raffles Institution Boarding School

School Hostels

ACS Oldham Hall Anglican House Dunman High School Hostel Victoria Hall

Private Hostels

Amsen International Hostel A-Star International Hostel Pte Ltd Balestier Students' Hostel Cambridge International Students Hostel Costa Sands Resort (Downtown East) Youth Hostel Costa Sands Resort (Pasir Ris) Youth Hostel Costa Sands Resort (Sentosa) Youth Hostel D'Sophia Lodge East Lodge Students Hostel Eton Hall Evans Lodge Goodman Eduserve Katong Hostel Labrador Lodge McNair Lodge MILCHEL Novena Hall International Students' Hostel Pearl Hill Hostel Praisehaven Foreign Students Hostel Shelton College Singapore International Campus Singapore Vinga (International) Students' Hostel Trinity Student Services Vita Hostel Zhicheng Student Hostel (Boys) Zhicheng Student Hostel (Girls)

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Residential Zones

Bukit Timah Bukit Timah Upper Serangoon

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Bukit Timah East Coast East Coast East Coast

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Bukit Timah East Coast Central Central Changi Changi Sentosa Central East Coast West Coast Bukit Timah East Coast East Coast West Coast Upper Serangoon Central Bukit Timah Central Bukit Timah West Coast Bukit Timah Bukit Timah East Coast Bukit Timah East Coast East Coast

24 30 19 19 39 39 40 19 31 36 24 32 32 37 36 20 25 21 25 38 26 27 33 27 33 34

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Student Accommodation Zone

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CENTRAL Private Hostels

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Balestier Students' Hostel Cambridge International Students Hostel D'Sophia Lodge MILCHEL Pearl Hill Hostel

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EAST COAST School Hostels

BUKIT TIMAH Boarding Schools

6. 7. Hwa Chong Institution Boarding School Nanyang Girls' Boarding School

16. Anglican House 17. Dunman High Sc 18. Victoria Hall

Private Hostels

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School Hostels

8. ACS Oldham Hall

Private Hostels

9. Amsen International Hostel 10. Evans Lodge 11. Novena Hall International Students Hostel 12. Praisehaven Foreign Students' Hostel 13. Singapore International Campus 14. Singapore Vinga (International) Students' Hostel 15. Vita Hostel

A-Star Internation East Lodge Stude Goodman Eduser Katong Hostel Trinity Student Se Zhicheng Studen Zhicheng Studen

UPPER SERANGO Boarding Schools Private Hostels

25. McNair Lodge

24. Raffles Institution

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Long-term Student Accommodation (by zones)

Your education institution may provide longterm student accommodation. There is also the option of private student hostel accommodation located island-wide. The following directory lists boarding schools, school hostels and private hostels by zones.

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Central Zone

Central Zone

Private Hostels

Balestier Students' Hostel

12 Boon Teck Road 4A Shaw Corner Singapore 329586 Tel: 65-6251 8588 Fax: 65-6352 4668 Email: [email protected] Website: www.bshostel.com Facilities and Services Available Dining hall, classrooms, laundry service, catering, computer halls, games corner, school placement, application for student's pass, guidance on educational matters, supervised study hours, tuition in weak subjects (by special arrangement), comfortable air-conditioned accommodation, 24-hour security, internet access, free counselling, daily meals

Rates S$1000 per month per person (full board) Beds per Room 1 2 4 Total No. of Rooms: 46

· Nearest MRT: Toa Payoh (NS19) / Novena (NS20)

No. of Rooms 5 22 19

Remarks · Accepts students 6-16 years

Cambridge International Students Hostel

155 Owen Road Singapore 218950 Tel : 65 6299 1268 Fax : 65 6299 3178 Email: [email protected] / [email protected] Website: www.katonghostel.com Facilities and Services Wireless internet connection in rooms, computer room, daily cleaning, laundry services, basketball court, sick bay, study room, soccer field, kitchen and pantry area, 24hr security management, free shuttle bus service to schools; example: Singapore Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, 24 hours available convenient stores, food centres and bus stop nearby. All rooms are airconditioned and furbished with wall fans.

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Central Zone

Room

Per Day 6-month contract 12-month contract

4-bedded $31.50 6-bedded $26.25 Type of Room 4-bedded 6-bedded

$367.50/month $315.00/month

$346.50/month $304.50/month

No of Rooms 50 15

Total No. of Rooms: 65

· Nearest MRT: Farrer Park (NE8)

Remarks · Centralised and accessible location with no age restrictions

D'Sophia Lodge

2 Adis Road Singapore 229974 Tel: 65-6337 4733 Fax: 65-6337 3834 Email: [email protected] Facilities and Services Available Night security / CCTV, kitchenettes, computer room, study/lounge area, laundry service, in-house tutor, orientation, student services, basketball court, table tennis table, games & recreation, vending machines

Rates S$300-S$650 per student

Room 3-month stay 6-month stay 12-month stay

Single Twin Triple Quads

S$650 S$450 S$400 S$350

S$625 S$425 S$375 S$325 No. of Rooms 30 12 15 18

S$600 S$400 S$350 S$300

Beds per Room 1 2 3 4 Total No. of Rooms: 75

· Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut (NS24/NE6)

Remarks · No age restrictions

MILCHEL PTE LTD

529 Balestier Road, #02-01 Singapore 329856 Tel: 65-6255 2356 Fax: 65-6256 0370 Email: [email protected] Website: www.milchel.com

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Central Zone

Facilities and Services Available Basic 3 meals, housekeeping, laundry service, computer room, library corner, Play Station corner, home theatre, television, school placement services, document processing services, summer camp, orientation, tuition arrangement services, 24-hour security system

Rates S$1000 - S$1200 per month Beds per Room 2 3 4 Total No. of Rooms: 19

· Nearest MRT: Toa Payoh (NS19) / Novena (NS20)

No. of Rooms 6 11 2

Remarks · Student's Pass holders only · One time registration fee (non-refundable) S$200

Pearl Hill Hostel

5 Pearl's Hill Road Singapore 168996 Tel: 65-6538 5448 Fax: 65-6538 4155 Email: [email protected] Website: www.vitaholdings.com / www.katonghostel.com Facilities and Services Available Internet connection OR wireless Internet connections in rooms, computer room, daily cleaning, laundry services, sick bay, gymnasium, indoor badminton court, basketball court, soccer field. Chartering of hostel bus to various schools available

Rates 3-month stay Studio for 2 S$650 Apartment for 2 S$580 Double S$400 Triple S$330 Beds per Room 2 3 Apartment with toilet attached Studio Apt with toilet attached Total No. of Rooms: 144

· Nearest MRT: Chinatown (NE4)

6-month stay S$640 S$570 S$390 S$320

12-month stay S$630 S$560 S$380 S$310

No. of Rooms 60 60 18 6

Remarks · No age restrictions · An administration fee and a refundable deposit are applicable with rental · All charges exclude 5% GST

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Bukit Timah Zone

Bukit Timah Zone

Boarding Schools

Hwa Chong Institution Boarding School

673 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 269735 Tel: 65-6469 3007 Fax: 65-6463 3571 Email: [email protected] Website: www.hcibs.edu.sg Facilities and Services Available Hostel: Television lounge, café, convenience store, IT centre, music room, gymnasium, ampitheatre, automated laundry facilities, multi-purpose & dining hall, function room & conference room, 24-hour security, Smartcard access control, sports facilities Hwa Chong Institution: Olympic-sized swimming pool, gymnasium, running track, badminton, basketball, table tennis, squash courts

Beds per Room 4 bedded 40 weeks boarding fee 1 week boarding fee 1 day boarding fee 2 bedded 40 weeks boarding fee 1 week boarding fee 1 day boarding fee Beds per Room 2 4 Total No. of Rooms:

· Nearest MRT: Newton (NS21)

Rates S$8400.00 (inclusive of GST) Exclude school vacations S$252.00 (inclusive of GST) S$36.75 (inclusive of GST) S$9450.00 (inclusive of GST) Exclude school vacations S$294.00 (inclusive of GST) S$42.00 (inclusive of GST) No. of Rooms 156 156 312

Remarks · Open to students of other schools · Accepts students 12 years and over

Nanyang Girls' Boarding School

21 Linden Drive Singapore 288735 Tel: 65-6469 8248 Fax: 65-6463 6642 Email: [email protected] (Boarding School Manager) [email protected] (Admin Officer/Applications) Website: www.nygh.moe.edu.sg Facilities and Services Available 24-hour security, meals (Halal only), laundry service, wireless internet access, coin-operated washing machines and dryers, function rooms, study hall, sports courts, music rooms, landscaped garden

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Rates S$550 ­S$980 per month (including room excluding airconditioning rates, meals and laundry) Group room rate Individual boarder room rate Individual Tutor Unit Beds per Room 2 3 4 S$30 per person per day S$35 per person per day S$70 per person per day (including air-conditioning) No. of Rooms 96 74 20

Bukit Timah Zone

Total No. of Rooms: 190 (70 air-conditioned) all with attached bathrooms

· Nearest MRT: Newton (NS21)

Remarks · Females only · Open to female students of other schools · Accepts students 12-20 years

School Hostels

ACS Oldham Hall

ACS Barker Road Campus 80 Barker Road Singapore 309937 Tel: 65-6252 8513 Fax: 65-6252 1067 Email: [email protected] Website: www.oldhamhall.org Facilities and Services Available Fully air-conditioned dormitory rooms, Study rooms, recreation rooms, tennis courts, gym, music room, swimming pool, broadband Internet access (usage charges apply), laundry room, pastoral care

Rates Boarding fee per semester: 6 bedded S$4450 3 + 4 bedded S$4725 2 bedded S$5000 (Inclusive of laundry services and 3 meals daily) Beds per Room 2 3 4 6 Total No. of Rooms: 111

· Nearest MRT: Newton (NS21)

No. of Rooms 18 18 46 29

Remarks · Open to students of other schools 11-19 years · Application and registration fees are non-refundable · Refundable deposit upon one month's notice of withdrawal · Compulsory medical health coverage

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Private Hostels

Amsen International Hostel

255 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 259691 Tel: 65-6887 5165 Fax: 65-6887 5167 Email: [email protected] Website: www.amsen.com.sg Facilities and Services Available Badminton, table tennis, air-conditioned study room, dining room, free Internet with computers, pantry, TV/Lounge, board games, relocation, enrolment into government school, Student's Pass application, guardianship, study supervision with free tutor, 24-hour security, counselling and transport

Rates S$1200 per month (with full board) Beds per Room 2 3 Total No. of Rooms: 30

· Nearest MRT: Newton (NS21)

Bukit Timah Zone

No. of Rooms 20 10

Remarks · Open to students 18 years and below · Student pass holders studying in primary, secondary and junior college only · Free accommodation for parents subject to availability · Monthly progress report to parents on child's development

Evans Lodge

26 Evans Road Singapore 259367 Tel: 65-6836 0778 Fax: 65-6836 3690 Email: [email protected] Facilities and Services Available Catering, laundry service, meeting room, function room, barbeque pit, gym, tennis court, table tennis, TV lounge, wireless Internet access

Rates S$275 to S$565 per month

Air-conditioned rooms Single Twin Non air-conditioned rooms Single Twin

S$565 S$350 S$400 S$275

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Beds per Room 1 2

No. of Rooms Number of beds per room can be changed to meet demand

Total No. of Rooms: 225 (inclusive of 3 guest rooms) accommodating up to 400 persons

· Nearest MRT: Newton (NS21)

Bukit Timah Zone

Remarks · Accepts students 16 years and above · Above rates subject to 5% GST and based on a minimum of three months' contract

Novena Hall International Students' Hostel

78 Gilstead Road Singapore 309116 Tel: 65-6352 0580 Fax: 65-6352 0596 Email: [email protected] Website: www.novenahall.com.sg Facilities and Services Available Daily dining service, TV-AV room, computer room, wireless internet, games room, laundry service, conference room, classroom, courtyard, car park, tutor, business centre facilities, pantry, fully air-conditioned rooms, furnished with single bed, wardrobe and study desk

Rates S$700-S$1000 S$916-S$1400 Beds per Room 1 2 3-4 Total No. of Rooms: 44

· Nearest MRT: Novena (NS20)

adults, no guardianship board and guardianship services No. of Rooms 12 21 11

Remarks · Student's Pass holders only

Praisehaven Foreign Students' Hostel

500 Upper Bukit Timah Road Singapore 678106 Tel: 65-6349 5345 / 65-6349 5348 Fax: 65-6762 0507 Email: [email protected] Facilities and Services Available Air-conditioned rooms (air-conditioning operates from 7 pm to 7 am only), shared common kitchen, Internet access available in rooms (computers not provided), 24-hour security, sports hall (bookings only)

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Rates 1 bedded 2 bedded Beds per Room 2 2 1 2 2 1 10 (dormitories)

S$420-S$442 S$315-S$368 Toilet attached common attached attached common attached common No. of Rooms 5 (Girls only) 4 (Girls only) 4 (Girls only) 1 (Boys only) 5 (Boys only) 4 (Boys only) 5 (Men only)/ (Bookings open for retreat or seminars only)

Bukit Timah Zone

Total No. of Rooms: 28

· Nearest MRT: Bukit Batok (NS2)/Bukit Gombak (NS3)

Remarks · Only for foreigners with valid Student's Pass · Strictly no smoking and alcohol consumption allowed on hostel premises · Residents to do their own laundry and cooking · Curfew time imposed at 11pm nightly ­ all residents are required to be back in hostel

Singapore International Campus

1A Lutheran Road Singapore 267745 Tel: 65-6463 0606 Fax: 65-6463 0207 Email: [email protected] Website: www.sicampus.com.sg Facilities and Services Available Optional meals provided, optional medical insurance, badminton, table tennis, pool table, air-conditioned study room, dining room, free Internet, pantry, TV/lounge, mini-mart and café'e9, classroom, gym, sick bay, prayer room, live in guardian, relocation, airport pick up, administration and orientation, enrolment in school and Student's Pass application

Rates Standard Room (with common bath) 4 bedded S$420 per month/S$4680 per year 2 bedded S$480 per month/S$5400 per year 1 bedded S$650 per month/S$7440 per year

Deluxe Room (with attached bath) 2 bedded S$750 per month/S$8100 per year 1 bedded S$850 per month/S$8760 per year

Beds per Room 4 2 1 No. of Rooms 55 44 45

Total No. of Rooms: 144

· Nearest MRT: Newton (NS21)

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Remarks · Rates depend on length of stay. Contact hostel directly for full rates · Registration fee S$50 and refundable deposit S$300 payable upon registration · Payments strictly non-refundable or transferable in cases of early check-out

Bukit Timah Zone

Singapore Vinga (International) Students' Hostel

333 Balestier Road Singapore 329765 Tel: 65-6254 2381 Fax: 65-6254 2381 Email: [email protected] Website: http://vinga-international.tripod.com Facilities and Services Available Fully air-conditioned rooms, 24-hour security, public utilities, public phone, broadband Internet access, housekeeping and laundry service, TV lounge, study room, counselling, tuition

Rates Single Double Triple Quartet S$850-S$1000 S$500-S$650 S$400-S$450 S$350-S$400 per person per month per person per month per person per month per person per month 3/6/12 month contract 3/6/12 month contract 3/6/12 month contract 3/6/12 month contract

Beds per Room 1 2 3 4

No. of Rooms 8 10 5 1

Total No. of Rooms: 24 (all with adjoining toilet)

· Nearest MRT: Novena NS20

Remarks · Student pass required · No age restrictions

Vita Hostel

50 Carlisle Road, #01-01 Singapore 219650 Tel: 65-6293 6681 Fax: 65-6292 3381 Email: [email protected] Website:www.vitaholdings.com/www.katonghostel.com Facilities and Services Available Internet connection in rooms, computer room, daily cleaning, laundry services, wireless Internet, soccer field, basketball court, badminton court, chartering of hostel bus available

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Rates Quartet Triple Double Single

3-month stay S$275 S$330 S$350 S$640

6-month stay S$265 S$320 S$340 S$620 No. of Rooms 89 13 10

12-month stay S$250 S$310 S$330 S$600

East Coast Zone

Beds per Room 2 3 4 Total No. of Rooms: 112

· Nearest MRT: Novena (NS20)

Remarks · No age restrictions · An administration fee and a refundable deposit are applicable with rental · All charges exclude 5% GST

East Coast

School Hostels

Anglican House

376 Upper Changi Road Singapore 486906 Tel: 65-6442 1616 Fax: 65-6448 8642 Email: [email protected] Website: www.anglicanhigh.moe.edu.sg/student/anglicanhouse.htm Facilities and Services Available Study rooms, music room, computer room, TV room, pool room

Rates Approx. S$600 per month (Inclusive of laundry. Breakfast and dinner provided during term time.) Beds per Room 2 (with bathroom attached) 6 (with bathroom attached) Total No. of Rooms: 52

· Nearest MRT: Tanah Merah (EW4)

No. of Rooms 48 4

Remarks · Open to students of other schools · Accepts secondary school students and above

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Dunman High School Hostel

61 Kampong Arang Road Singapore 438181 Tel: 65-6346 6733 Fax: 65-6346 1267 Email: [email protected] Website: http://dhshostel.com Facilities and Services Available Catering, laundry service, reading room, gymnasium, computer room, TV room, games room, organised activities

Rates S$525 per month (including meals/laundry service) Beds per Room 2 4 Total No. of Rooms: 173

· Nearest MRT: Kallang (EW10)

No. of Rooms 96 77

East Coast Zone

Remarks · Open to students of other schools · Accepts secondary school and junior college students only

Victoria Hall

4 Siglap Link Singapore 448879 Tel: 65-6245 6369 Fax: 65-6245 4655 Email: [email protected] Website: vh.vs.moe.edu.sg Facilities and Services Available Computer room, study room, visitors' room, function room, conference room, canteen, TV lounge, pantries, laundry facilities

Rates S$6395 per annum (inclusive of school vacation period) (Average S$1300 per term or S$17.50 per day) Beds per Room 2 3 4 No. of Rooms 84 2 82

Total No. of Rooms: 168 (each room has one shower room and one toilet attached)

· Nearest MRT: Bedok (EW5)

Remarks · Open to students of other schools · Accepts students 13-18 years

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Private Hostels

A-Star International Hostel Pte Ltd

292A Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427544 Tel: 63481432 Fax: 63481243 Email: [email protected] Website: www.a-starhostel.com Facilities and Services Free use of washing machines, computer room at 3rd level, free access to wireless internet broadband, board games, table tennis, roof-top garden with BBQ facilities, CCTV Monitoring system, secured door access system using proximity card, TV Lounge, dining room, kitchen facilities for light cooking, air-conditioned rooms with ceiling fans, housekeeping service, full-time housemaster, and organised outdoor activities. Convenient access to public transport.

Rates 1-bedded 3-bedded 4-bedded 6-bedded Beds per Room 1 3 4 6 Total No. of Rooms: 25

· Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar (EW8)

East Coast Zone

SGD480.00/per student per month SGD380.00/per student per month SGD350.00/per student per month SGD290.00/per student per month No of Rooms 3 10 8 4

Remarks · Above rates include complimentary breakfast (Mon to Fri). · A one-time non-refundable registration fee of $50 per student is payable upon check-in. · A $300.00 deposit (refundable) is payable upon check-in. · Above rates are for minimum six (6) months contract. · The minimum acceptable age is 16 years. · Air-conditioning is only available at specific times. · Optional airport pickup service $30 per student.

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East Lodge Students Hostel

408 Joo Chiat Place Singapore 428084 Tel : 65-6345 7088/6345 3511 Fax: 65-6346 3379 Email: [email protected] Website: www.eastlodge.com.sg Facilities and Services Available Laundry facilities (coin-operated), internet connection to the room, computer room, TV lounge, canteen, pantry, 24-hour security. Recreational facilities: Cricket, badminton court, soccer field, basketball court and games corner.

Standard Room Rates Single Standard Single Standard Twin Double Deluxe Beds per Room 1 2 Daily S$ 45 S$ 50 S$ 60 S$ 90 No. of Rooms 28 18 Monthly S$ 550 S$ 650 S$ 750 S$ 1000

East Coast Zone

Total No. of Rooms: 46 All rooms are fully furnished with bathroom attached and fully air-conditioned.

· Nearest MRT: Kembangan (EW6)

Budget Room Rates Twin Sharing (2 Bedded) Quad Sharing (4 Bedded)

Daily S$ 20 S$ 15

Monthly S$ 300 S$ 200

3 Months' Stay S$ 168 S$ 288

Beds per Room (Flexible) 2 Bedded 4 Bedded

No. of Rooms 102 34

Total No. of Rooms: 136 Air-conditioning is only from 7pm to 7am daily. Common bathroom facilities.

· Nearest MRT: Kembangan (EW6)

Remarks · No age restriction · Additional charge for internet connection in the room · Housekeeping facilities only for standard accommodation

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Goodman Eduserve (Temporary location)

9 Mattar Road Singapore 387718 Tel: 65-6345 7536 Fax: 65-6345 1886 Email: [email protected] Website: www.goodman.com.sg Facilities and Services Available Catering, laundry service, air-conditioned rooms, livein teachers/guardians, in-house tuition services

Rates S$600 per month per student Beds per Room 2/3 No. of Rooms 12

East Coast Zone

Total No. of Rooms: 12

· Nearest MRT: Aljunied MRT (EW9)

Remarks · Accepts students 6 years and above

Katong Hostel

369 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437126 Tel: 65-6346 6420 Fax: 65-6440 5160 Email: [email protected]/[email protected] Website: www.vitaholdings.com/www.katonghostel.com Facilities and Services Available Internet connection in rooms, computer room, daily cleaning, laundry services, free wireless Internet (students without laptop are entitled to 10 hours free Internet usage monthly) sick bay, gymnasium, indoor badminton court, basketball court, soccer field, food centre, mini-mart, and screening of movies on weekends. Free shuttle service from hostel to Paya Lebar MRT station. Chartering of hostel bus to various schools available. Vita Educare Homestay Accommodation: 24 hour guardianship arrangement for students aged 616 years. Students share the same facilities as Katong Hostel but have separate dining hall and recreation facilities. Accommodation for 84 students max, tuition provided.

Rates 3-month stay Dormitory S$245 Quartet S$300 Triple S$350 Double S$375 Double (Apt)S$525 Single S$665 Beds per Room Main Hostel 2 3 4 Dormitory Apartment with toilet attached Vita Educare Homestay 4 6-month stay S$225 S$285 S$340 S$365 S$510 S$645 12-month stay S$205 S$275 S$330 S$355 S$485 S$625

No. of Rooms 184 18 110 10 34 21

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Total No. of Rooms: 356

· Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar (EW8)

Remarks · No age restrictions · An administration fee and a refundable deposit are payable upon booking · All charges exclude 5% GST

Trinity Student Services

55 Siglap Road #03-05 Siglap Centre Apartments Singapore 455871 Tel: 65-6446 3376 Fax: 65-6446 1976 Email: [email protected] Website: www.trinitystudenthostel.com

East Coast Zone

Facilities and Services Available Air-conditioned rooms, daily breakfast and dinner (lunch at weekends), laundry services, daily housekeeping, 24-hour supervision/guardian, free broadband Internet access Additional services for additional fee: Airport pickup, private tuition, group medical insurance, registration in Government/private school, Student's Pass service

Rates From S$1000 - S$1200 per month (payable 6 months in advance) Accommodation Layout 10 private apartments (5 for female residents, 5 for male residents) Each apartment contains 3 bedrooms (3 or 2-bedded depending on size), living room, dining room and kitchen

· Nearest MRT: Kembangan (EW6)

Remarks · Student's Pass holders only

Zhicheng Student Hostel (for boys)

525 Joo Chiat Road Singpore 427705 Tel: 65-6353 8752 / 65-9617 4072 Fax: 65-6251 9159 Email: [email protected] Website: www.zhicheng.com.sg Facilities and Services Available Basketball, table tennis, computers, music room (piano, organ, drum set, etc.) study rooms, TVs, tuition, 24hour supervision and security, school bus provided for primary school students, assistance with all administration matters including student pass application and school placement

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Rates 1 bed 2 single beds 3 single beds

S$2000 S$1600 S$1500

1 double deck bed S$1400 2 double deck beds S$1300 3 double deck beds S$1200 (prices are inclusive of tuition classes Monday ­ Friday) Beds per Room 1 2 3 4 6 Total No. of Rooms: 34

· Nearest MRT: Eunos (EW7)

No. of Rooms 2 18 5 6 3

East Coast Zone

Remarks · Primary, secondary and junior college students only. (Tertiary level students may be considered on a case by case basis · Rates to be confirmed upon reservation

Zhicheng Student Hostel (for girls)

5 Jalan Anggerek Singapore 369498 Tel: 65-6353 8752 / 65-9617 4072 Fax: 65-6251 9159 Email: [email protected] Website: www.zhicheng.com.sg Facilities and Services Available Basketball, table tennis, computers, music room (piano, organ, drum set, etc.) study rooms, TVs, tuition, 24-hour supervision and security, school bus provided for primary school students, assistance with all administration matters including student pass application and school placement

Rates 1 bed 2 single beds 3 single beds S$2000 S$1600 S$1500

1 double deck bed S$1400 2 double deck beds S$1300 3 double deck beds S$1200 (prices are inclusive of tuition classes Monday ­ Friday) Beds per Room 2 3 4 6 8 Total No. of Rooms: 20

· Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar (EW8), Aljunied (EW9) and Toa Payoh (NS19)

No. of Rooms 5 8 5 1 1

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Remarks · Primary, secondary and junior college students only. (Tertiary level students may be considered on a case by case basis) · Rates to be confirmed upon reservation

Upper Serangoon

Boarding Schools

Raffles Institution Boarding School

1 Raffles Institution Lane Singapore 575954 Tel: 65-6354 9221 Fax: 65-6353 1150 Email: [email protected] Website: www.ri.sch.edu.sg Facilities and Services Available Air-conditioned study rooms, games / multi-purpose room, Shaw Foundation ceremonial dining hall, gymnasium, The Hong Leong Swimming Complex, Hullett Memorial Library, computer lab, basketball, tennis courts, laundry rooms

Rates S$10,000 per annum (Registration fees not included) S$250 per week (Holiday Fees) Beds per Room 4 No. of Rooms 20 rooms per block

Upper Serangoon Zone

Total No. of Rooms: 80 rooms (4 Blocks)

· Nearest MRT: Bishan (NS17)

Remarks · Open to students of other schools

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Private Hostels

McNair Lodge

18 McNair Road Singapore 328570 Tel: 65-6299 5668 Fax: 65-6299 5818 Email: [email protected] Website: www.unitedpremas.com Facilities and Services Available Laundry, computer room, study room, basketball court, dining hall

Rates S$600-S$800 per person per month Beds per Room 5 Total No. of Rooms: 43 (all with attached bathroom and toilet)

· Nearest MRT: Boon Keng (NE9)

Remarks · No age limit

West Coast

Private Hostels

Eton Hall

1C Russels Road Alexandra Park Singapore 118281 Tel: 65-6272 1201 Fax: 65-6272 1502 Email: [email protected] Facilities and Services Available Internet access, air-conditioned rooms, basketball court, badminton courts, TV room, laundry service, transport to NUS

Rates S$600 per month per student Beds per Room 2 4 6 Total No. of Rooms: 45

· Nearest MRT: Queenstown (EW19)

West Coast Zone

No. of Rooms 2 1 42

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Remarks · Accepts students 15-20 years · Open to short-term stay

Labrador Lodge

3E Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118490 Tel: 65-6479 0515 Fax: 65-6479 5141 Email: [email protected] Website: www.unitedpremas.com Facilities and Services Available Laundry, computer room, study room

Rates S$600-S$800 per person per month Beds per Unit 5 Total No. of Units: 96 (each unit contains 2 bedrooms, 2 sharing and 3 sharing bedrooms, pantry living area, toilet and bathroom)

· Nearest MRT: Harbourfront (NE1)

Remarks · No age limit · Rates to be confirmed upon reservation

West Coast Zone

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Shelton College International Hostel (Careline International Services)

1 Telok Blangah Rise Singapore 098888 Tel: 65-6334 1330 Fax: 65-6337 4208 Email: [email protected] Website: www.sheltonsc.com Facilities and Services Available Laundry area, catering, air-conditioning, computer/reading r o o m , l i b r a r y, I n t e r n e t a c c e s s , T V a r e a , recreational/games room, 24/7 counselling, tuition, sports facilities such as badminton courts, all-purpose courts (for volleyball, basketball, street hockey, handball, etc., a fitness area and a football field

Rates S$350 per month per student (half-board) S$800 per month per student (full-board)

Half-Board Students Beds per Room 8 Full-Board Students Beds per Room 4

Total No. of Rooms: 20

· Nearest MRT: HarbourFront (NE1)

No. of Rooms 10 No. of Rooms 10

West Coast Zone

Remarks · Open to students 13 years and above studying at Shelton College International · Open to all other international students with valid Students' Pass providing accommodation is available

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Changi

Private Hostels

Costa Sands Resort (Downtown East) Youth Hostel

1 Pasir Ris Close Singapore 519599 Tel: 65-6589 1865/65-6582 3322 Fax: 65-6582 9535 Email: [email protected] Facilities and Services Available Wild Wild Wet (water theme park), Escape Theme Park, Kid's Club, swimming pool, barbeque area, F&B outlets, complimentary Internet surfing at Internet kiosks, wireless surfing at selected area, banquet and function facilities & complimentary two-way shuttle service to Pasir Ris MRT station

Rates S$60-S$100 per night Beds per Room 2-4 Total No. of Rooms: 360

· Nearest MRT: Pasir Ris (EW1)

No. of Rooms 360

Remarks · For room availability and reservations, please visit www.HIhostels.com · Discounted Hostelling International Member Rates and Hi Member Rates available

Costa Sands Resort (Pasir Ris) Youth Hostel

159M Jalan Loyang Besar Pasir Ris Park Singapore 509404 Tel: 65-6582 2537 Fax: 65-6582 2098 Email: [email protected] Facilities and Services Available Wild Wild Wet (water theme park), Escape Theme Park, swimming pools, barbeque area, F & B outlets, complimentary Internet surfing at Internet kiosks, wireless surfing at selected area, banquet and function facilities & complimentary two-way shuttle service to Pasir Ris MRT Station

Changi Zone

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function rooms & complimentary bus service. S$60-S$100 per night

Beds per Room 2 or 4 Total No. of Rooms: 167

· Nearest MRT: Pasir Ris (EW1)

Rates

No. of Rooms 167

Remarks · For reservations, please visit www.HIhostels.com · Discounted Hostelling International Member Rates and Hi Member Rates available

Sentosa

Private Hostels

Costa Sands Resort (Sentosa) Youth Hostel

30 Imbiah Walk Sentosa Singapore 099537 Tel: 65-6575 1062 Fax: 65-6275 1074 Email: [email protected] Facilities and Services Available Swimming pool, barbeque area, cafeteria, video games machines, complimentary Internet surfing at Internet kiosks, wireless surfing at selected area and function room, complimentary bus service

Rates 2 bedded: S$60-S$90 nett per night Beds per Room 2 Total No. of Rooms: 34

· Nearest MRT: HarbourFront (NE1)

No. of Rooms 34

Remarks · Guests must be 18 years of age or above. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by another guest who is aged 18 years or above. · For reservation, please visit www.HIhostels.com · Discounted Hostelling International Member Rates and Hi Member Rates available

Sentosa Zone

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Accommodation Provided by Educational Institutions

For their own students

The following educational institutions provide accommodation only to their students. You may call the individual institutions to make further enquiries on facilities and rates.

Educational Institution Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Catholic Junior College INSEAD LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts Nanyang Technological University National University of Singapore Singapore Management University Singapore Sports School The Stansfield Group Pte Ltd · Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship · Singapore Institute of Commerce · St. James English School · Stansfield College United World College of South East Asia Telephone No. 65-6870 0900 Website www.acs.sch.edu.sg

65-6256 9148 65-6799 5388 65-6344 4300

www.cjc.edu.sg www.insead.edu www.lasallesia.edu.sg

65-6791 1744

www.ntu.edu.sg

65-6775 6666

Office of Student Affairs

www.nus.edu.sg/osa/housing

65-63365262

www.smu.edu.sg/leasing/ hostel/index.asp www.sportsschool.edu.sg www.stansfieldgroup.com

65-67660100 65-6348 0000

65-6775 5344

www.uwcsea.edu.sg

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Tips on Living in Singapore

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Renting Accommodation

Tenancy Agreement

Important points to note · Your tenancy agreement is an agreement between the owner (landlord) and the tenant (you). You must be 21 years old to sign the agreement. You may consult the Student Welfare Office at your institution or contact the Student Services Hotline: 6831 3764 if you are below 21 years of age. · Once the contract is signed, the landlord is under no obligation to provide anything not specified in the contract. Make sure your contract is complete for your requirements before you sign. (See Before You Sign on page 46). · If you are the tenant signing the contract, you must inform your landlord if others are living on the premises with you. All occupants' names must be entered in the tenancy agreement. As the tenant, it is your responsibility to obtain all other occupants' legal documentation such as passports, passes and permits for the landlord and keep him updated on new occupants. Never allow the landlord to keep the original documents. · The Immigration Act requires by law that landlords renting accommodation to foreigners check and verify passport and Student's Pass details before they rent out the property. The landlord will go to jail if the property is rented to illegal immigrants.

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· The property is for you to live in only. You cannot operate a business from your landlord's property. · Whilst occupying the premises, you must allow the landlord or agent to bring potential tenants or buyers to view the premises with reasonable notice given (24-48 hours). · The agreement may be terminated if the monthly rent is overdue for more than 14 days or if you breach any condition of the tenancy agreement.

· Tenant's Covenants/Promise The tenant shall not: ­ Remove anything from the property without the landlord's permission ­ Change any part of the premises or contents without the landlord's permission ­ Assign or sublet the property ­ Keep any dangerous or illegal items on the premises ­ Keep any animals ­ Be a nuisance to other occupants of the building ­ Use the premises for illegal or improper use At the end of the contract, the Tenant shall hand over the premises to the landlord in the same condition as he took it over with allowances for fair wear and tear.

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· Landlord's Covenants/Promise

The landlord shall: ­ Pay all taxes, charges and bills not agreed to be paid by the tenant ­ Allow the tenant quiet enjoyment during the term, provided the tenant pays the rent on time Basic House Inspection Checklist · If you deal with a housing agent, check that the agent is licensed. Deal only with those that carry proper cards and identity tags and are licensed. (Their number is usually printed on their card). · Is the place comfortable? Is it the right size? Is it within your budget? (Do not be tempted to accept something you cannot afford). Does it have air conditioning or fans? · Is the house in good condition? Check for leaks, cracks, breakages, poor water flow, insecure window or door locks. Test the appliances that come with the apartment to make sure they work. · Ask the landlord how quickly damaged items / property can be repaired when a report is made. · What bills are included in the rent? What bills are you expected to pay ­ water, gas, electrical, phone (and connection charges)? · What furniture comes with the property? Is what you see what you get or will you have to buy a new microwave, a desk or even a bed? · What is the area like? Are the amenities you need within easy reach? Is it noisy at night? Do you feel safe returning at night? · Can you redecorate, bring your bed or put up posters?

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Before You Sign · Check your tenancy agreement. Make sure both you and the landlord agree on the details. How much will you pay and when? How long is the contract? Can you leave before the contract ends? What is the notice period? Does the contract state all these details? · If the landlord says he will be fixing something before you move in, get him to confirm this in writing. Once you have signed the contract the landlord does not have to agree to provide anything extra, so make sure you request all you need before the contract is signed. · Get the landlord's contact details in case something goes wrong. Take note of as many details as possible, including who you should phone if he goes away on holiday. Give him your contact details in case of emergency. · Establish whether utility bills are included in the rental rate. If not, what percentage must you pay? Will bills be in your name? If so, you are legally responsible for full payment. Will your landlord inform the relevant authorities on billing instructions or will you have to do it? Were outstanding bills settled by the last occupants? Ask to see the paid receipts, or get written confirmation that the landlord will pay any outstanding bills on the apartment. · If you are moving into shared premises, find out how bills are shared and settled. · Check whether you can use the house telephone. If you make local calls, will you be required to pay the telephone charges, and if so, how much? If you install your own telephone line, you will need to pay S$500 as a deposit to SingTel. This deposit will be returned to you when you cancel the telephone line, upon payment of any outstanding charges. · As the tenant, you will be expected to replace and pay for light bulbs, as and when needed.

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Signing the Tenancy Agreement · Do not feel pressured into renting a place until you are comfortable with it, as you are under no obligation to the landlord or the agent, should you use one. You should be very clear before signing any documents whether you will be sharing the room with any other person(s) for the entire duration of the rental period. · Once you have decided to rent a property, you will sign a legal document known as a tenancy (rental) agreement and retain a copy for your reference. Refer to Tenancy Agreement: Important points to note and make sure your contract complies. Double check that the person you are dealing with is the rightful owner/landlord. Ask for his identity card and proof of property ownership if necessary. · It is common practice for the tenant to pay stamp duty on the tenancy agreement and a security deposit equivalent to one month's rental, together with the first month's rental before you move in. If you are using an agent, one month's rent is also payable in commission to the agent's company. Thereafter, payment is usually made on a monthly basis to the landlord. The security deposit is refundable at the end of the contract period, provided there is no damage to the property. Any damages or breakages caused during your stay will be deducted from the security deposit at the end of your contract. In some cases, the security deposit may also not be refunded if the tenant does not give sufficient notice to the landlord when moving out before expiry of the contract.

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· Go through the inventory list (a list of items in the apartment for the tenant's use that belong to the landlord) and make sure everything is present and in working order before signing the agreement. If the landlord is residing in the apartment, check whether use of common household facilities like the kitchen, TV, etc. is allowed. · Make sure you have fully understood the terms and conditions/contents of the lease and have settled any uncertain terms with the landlord before signing the tenancy agreement. If you do not understand, seek advice from the Student Welfare Officer at your institution/school or contact the Student Services Hotline: 6831 3764 if you need help. Do not feel pressured by the landlord to sign the agreement if you feel uncomfortable with it.

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· If your student agent is not trained in tenancy issues, seek the assistance of a licensed housing agent. · Hand the rental fees directly to the landlord/owner, to avoid possible misunderstandings or mishandling. It is best that you make cheques payable to the landlord/owner's name. Ensure that you receive a receipt from the landlord showing the full amount of rental paid for the accommodation. · Keep a copy of the tenancy agreement for your own records. Obtain receipts for all payments made, for example security deposit, monthly rentals, etc. · Your possessions are not covered in the landlord's home contents insurance. It may be advisable to take up personal home contents insurance to cover your valuable belongings.

Your Relationship with Your Landlord

Remember to be polite and co-operate with your landlord. Treat your landlord the way you wish to be treated. Show respect for him and his property and you should receive the same treatment. Many problems arise when tenants expect an immediate response to requests for change. Be reasonable with your expectations. Do not expect the landlord to act immediately if your request is not an emergency. Legal Aid Legal matters below $10,000 can be addressed at the Small Claims Tribunals, which provide a quick and simple procedure for solving disputes in legal matters.

The Small Claims Tribunals 2 Havelock Road #05-00 Apollo Centre, Singapore 059763 Tel: 6435-5937 (teleresponse) Fax: 6435-5994 (general) or 6536-4478 (lodgement by facsimile) www.smallclaims.gov.sg

Do not try and cope with legal matters by yourself. Consult the Student Welfare Officer at your institution, or contact the Student Services Hotline: 6831 3764.

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Common Courtesies When Sharing Accommodation

Living in Singapore, you may find customs and religions different from those in your country. Respect them and observe these common courtesies: Household practices · It is a common custom in Singapore to remove your shoes before you enter a house and leave them at the door · Keep the accommodation clean and tidy · Keep the kitchen clean and wash up cutlery and crockery daily · Keep the bathroom clean by washing it regularly. Flush the toilet after use. · Organise a timetable for use of the washing machine · Take in your laundry when it is dry to allow others in the house to do their washing · The washing machine is meant for washing your clothes and linen. Do not wash footwear in the washing machine Religious practices You may be sharing your accommodation with people of different faiths. It is important to respect their beliefs and not impose your beliefs on others.

Storing food: The consumption or handling of certain food is prohibited in some religions. Please respect your housemates religious dietary restrictions. For example, Muslims do not eat pork or cook with alcohol or pork fat (lard). Hindus and Buddhists do not eat beef and some may be vegetarian. Ensure that you store and cook these products separately if your housemate observes these religious practices.

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Religious rituals: Your housemates will respect your need to pray, but to show mutual respect, keep your religious practices private. Conduct your prayers in your own room. Do not disturb your housemates in the common room with the burning of incense and other religious rituals.

Care of pets Depending on your tenancy agreement, you will probably not be allowed to keep a pet. If you are allowed, remember that it is a lifelong commitment. As most animals have a lifespan longer than your stay in Singapore, it is advisable to postpone owning a pet until you return to your own country. If you do decide to have a pet, keep its living area clean and odour free, out of respect for your housemates and for the health and well-being of the animal. Keep in mind that you will not be able to bring a dog within the proximity of a Muslim. Household etiquette Although you may feel you have gained a degree of freedom by living away from home, you should still observe some basic rules of household etiquette: · Obtain permission from your landlord if you are bringing guests to stay · Observe curfew hours by not returning home too late and be careful not to disturb the household upon your return · Do not smoke in your room · For the protection of your possessions and for your personal safety, keep your room locked at all times

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Equipping Your Home

How you go about equipping your new home will depend on what has already been provided, how long you intend to stay, your personal preferences and your budget. When renting, most accommodation comes semi or fully furnished, meaning that most furniture you need is already provided. You need to check before you sign the tenancy agreement for what is included so you can make a decision about what you need to buy and if you can afford to do so.

Second-hand Items

It is possible to buy second-hand furniture and utensils, which will save you some money. Salvation Army Family Stores and the classified section of the newspapers are good places to look for second-hand items. Singapore has a large community of expatriates and as such, many people leave Singapore wanting to sell furniture they do not wish to take home. Look for advertisements on notice boards in supermarkets such as Cold Storage for some good bargains. You may also be able to buy personal and household items from fellow students leaving Singapore.

New Furniture

If you wish to buy brand new furniture, many furniture stores offer interest-free credit arrangements. Some stores offer hire purchase facilities for which you will need a guarantor ­ a Singaporean citizen who will agree to take on the debt if you fail to complete payment.

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Buying Smart

Before you make your purchase, shop around to find the cheapest price. You will often find that prices are lower in HDB estates than in more centralised shopping areas.

Public Utilities

Electricity, mainline gas supply, water and waste disposal services are billed by Singapore Power. If you are renting a whole apartment or flat, a combined bill for all these services will be sent to your residence, and is payable on a monthly basis. If you are renting a single room in a property, find out if the utility bill is included in the rental fee. If not, find out what percentage of the bill you will have to pay. Payment can be made at any Post Office via cash or NETS, by cheque through the post or via Internet banking once you have set up a bank account. If it is necessary to register for power services at Singapore Power, a one-time refundable deposit is payable. In most properties, cookers are powered by portable gas tanks supplied by private companies operating locally. A deposit is payable for the first tank and replacements are delivered on demand, usually within 15 minutes of your phone call. To keep your power bills down, always switch off lights, fans, air-conditioning and other electrical items when not in use.

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Amenities in and around HDB and Private Estates

HDB

HDB apartments are centred in residential districts, sometimes known as the Heartlands. They are serviced by local shopping amenities, and shopping centres in larger estates. The local shops provide all the basic products and services you will need. Shopping Amenities Each district is serviced by supermarkets, convenience stores, household, shoe & clothing shops, hardware stores, hairdressers, opticians, banks and post offices. Prices in the heartlands are usually cheaper than in centralised shopping centres. Wet Markets These provide the cheapest solution to buying fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. It is best to go early in the morning before things sell out. Most stalls in the market are closed on Mondays.

Food Options When you do not feel like cooking, eating out in Singapore is an affordable option. In your local area you will find coffee shops, and food centres/courts selling a wide range of cooked food. A meal will cost around S$3 to S$5 dollars. Most outlets operate between 7 am and 11 pm with some open 24 hours a day.

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You may also find more international restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets in and around shopping centres. You can expect to pay more for a meal at these places. Polyclinics These are medical service providers whose fees are cheaper than private clinics. You can expect to pay about S$15 per visit. This includes medication, which you can pick up at the polyclinic on the same visit. Foreign students can see the doctor at any polyclinic, but must produce their Student's Pass. Police Post There is a police station or post in every district. Make sure you know where your nearest one is. The police are there to help you, so do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Take note of the tollfree Police Hotline for non-emergency calls: 1800 255 0000. Places of Worship Here in Singapore, the religions of different ethnic communities are practised harmoniously alongside one another. This allows you not only to continue to practise your own religion during your studies, but provides an excellent opportunity for you to learn about and understand other practices. You can find Chinese temples, churches, Hindu temples, mosques, Sikh Gurdwaras and synagogues located across Singapore.details? ten confirmation that the landlord will pay any outstanding bills on the apartment. · If you are moving into shared premises, find out how bills are shared and settled.

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Explore the area around you to find a suitable place of worship. If in doubt, contact the following organisations:

Taoist Temples Taoism Mission (Singapore) 58 Somme Road Singapore 207875 Tel: 6295 6112/6295 6113 Fax: 6295 6119 Email: [email protected] www.taoism.org.sg

Buddhist Temples Singapore Buddhist Federation 12 Ubi Avenue 1 Singapore 408932 Tel: 6744 4635 Fax: 6747 3618 Email: [email protected] www.buddhist.org.sg Hindu Temples Hindu Endowments Board 397 Serangoon Road Singapore 218123 Tel: 6296 3469 Fax: 6292 9766 Email: [email protected] Mosques

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Mosques Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) Islamic Centre of Singapore 273 Braddell Road Singapore 579702 Tel: 6256 8188 Fax: 6253 7572 Email: [email protected] www.muis.gov.sg Catholic Churches www.veritas.org.sg Other Churches and Places of Worship www.visitsingapore.com/tp (Places of Worship under "Places to Go") Sikh Gurdwaras Central Sikh Temple 2 Towner Road Singapore 327804 Phone: 6299 3855 Email: [email protected] Synagogues The Jewish Welfare Board 24/26 Waterloo Street Singapore 187950 Tel: 6337 2189 Fax: 6336 2127 Email: [email protected] www.singaporejews.com

A word of warning

You may be approached by a stranger in the street or a new friend to attend a religious meeting. While they may be friendly and may genuinely have your best interests at heart, do not allow yourself to be pressured into attending if you do not want to. Politely refuse, say you respect their beliefs, and ask them to respect yours.

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Community Clubs and Centres There are over 100 Community Clubs or CCs in Singapore serving the local residential districts. These are mostly offered free of charge but there will be fees for individual activities. The activities offered vary from CC to CC but range from language classes to cooking classes, dance, martial arts, games and sports. You will find a basketball court at most centres and these are free of charge. Going to your local CC is an excellent way to involve yourself in local activities, improve your English and develop friendships. For a list of Community Centres visit: http://app.sgdi.gov.sg Sporting Facilities In addition to those offered at the Community Centres, the Singapore Sports Council provides subsidised sporting facilities to promote a healthy lifestyle for all. These include low-cost gyms, swimming complexes and sports stadiums. For comprehensive information about any sport you would like to pursue, refer to the Singapore Sports Directory or visit: www.sportingsingapore.com.sg Transport All HDB estates are served well by bus services and MRT lines. LRT lines operate to offer an easy connection between suburban towns. You can buy an EZlink card at any MRT station. Its

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value can be increased or `topped up' with cash or a NETS card at machines located at MRT stations and bus interchanges. The same card can be used on all MRT, LRT and bus services. Using the EZlink card is not only convenient but it saves you money. If you need to change services during your journey, for example you have to take an MRT then a bus to get to your destination, the bus fare will be automatically reduced. You will not get this benefit if you pay for your travel in cash.

Private Estates

Amenities differ depending on the location. Those near HDB estates will enjoy the same conveniences. However, some private estates tend to be more secluded and less accessible to public transport. Private condominiums and apartments offer security services and may include a supermarket, swimming pools, tennis courts, gyms and other sporting facilities within their boundaries.

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FAQs

How will I find accommodation? The Student Welfare Officer at your school/ institution may be able to help. Alternatively you can call the Student Services Hotline: 6831 3764. You can also find accommodation advertised in the newspapers, on the Internet and on notice boards in certain supermarkets. What kind of accommodation is available to me? This depends on your budget, length of stay and whether you are alone or with family. You can share an apartment with other students, rent a whole apartment or stay in hostels. Some private tenancy agreements will require a minimum term stay, so this would not be an option if you were in Singapore for only a few months. Can I change accommodation during my stay? As long as you honour any contract you sign, you can change accommodation. Do I have to sign a tenancy agreement? Yes. Your landlord will prepare a tenancy agreement for you to sign. Make sure you understand it fully before you sign. If in doubt ask your Student Welfare Officer to help or contact the Student Services Hotline: 6831 3764. How much money do I have to pay when I move in? Normally, the landlord will ask for one month's rent as a deposit in addition to the first month's rent. This deposit will be returned to you when your contract ends (less any deduction for damage to the property caused during your tenancy). If you hire a housing agent to help you find the accommodation, you will have to pay the housing

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agent the equivalent of one month's rent as well. If you stay in a hostel, you may have to pay as much as 6 months' rent in advance. What if I want to move out in the middle of my tenancy term? You must follow the procedures agreed upon in the contract and give your landlord the required notice. If this is not possible, speak to your landlord to find a suitable solution.

What if my living conditions are terrible and the landlord won't change anything? It is important that you are sure about your choice of accommodation. Check your accommodation carefully before signing the tenancy agreement. The landlord is under no obligation to improve it once you have signed the contract. However, the landlord does have an obligation by law to provide safe, sanitary accommodation. If you think your accommodation is below the acceptable standard, ask your Student Welfare Officer to help or contact the Student Services Hotline: 6831 3764. The other students I share the apartment with are too noisy at night. What can I do? It is important that you are happy in the place you live. If there is no change in behaviour after you have calmly discussed the matter with your flatmates, you will need to decide if you should move out. If you have not signed the tenancy agreement and are listed as an occupant, this would be the easier option. If you have signed the tenancy agreement, you can refer the matter to the landlord.

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Emergency Services

Police Fire Ambulance Non Emergency Ambulance Samaritans

(Emergency Counselling Services) 1800 221 4444

999 995 995 1777

Police Hotline

1800 255 0000

Useful Phone Numbers

CASE CitySearch 6463 1811

(Operator-assistedYellow Pages) 1900 777 7777

Credit Card Emergency Assistance American Express 6880 1111 Diners Club 6416 0900 Mastercard 800 110 0113

(toll-free in Singapore only)

VISA

800 448 1250

(toll-free in Singapore only)

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Embassies You should register with your embassy in Singapore. Contact details of all embassies in Singapore can be found at: www.embassyworld.com/embassy/singapore.htm www.visitsingapore.com/sections/articles/3c/ foreign_sing_miss.html Keep the phone number handy so you can contact your embassy immediately in an emergency. Flight Information Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Hotline International Calls

(enquiries/area codes/ connection)

Tel: 1800-542-4422

(toll-free in Singapore only)

6391 6100

Tel: 104

Ministry of Education Hotline

(operating hours 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, 8 am to 1 pm Saturday)

6872 2220

Singapore Tourism Board

Main Line Student Services Hotline (operating hours 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday) 6736 6622 6831 3764

Tourist Information Hotline

1800-736 2000

(Toll Free)

Small Claims Tribunals

6435-5937

(teleresponse)

Taxi Booking Services Comfort & Yellow Top Cab City Cab Premier Taxis Smart Cab SMRT Taxis Trans Cab

6552 1111 6552 2222 6363 6888 6485 7777 6555 8888 6555 3333

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Index

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Accommodation Index Accommodation options AMCIS Homestay 14 05 07

B

Basic house inspection checklist Boarding schools Buddhist temples 45 07 56

C

Catholic churches Checklist, Basic house inspections Churches Community Clubs & Centres Common Courtesies When Sharing Accommodation 57 45 57 58 50

E

Eligibility to rent HDB flats Emergency services Equipping your home 05 62 52

F

FAQs Food options 60 54

G

Guide to average accommodation rental 10

H

Halls of Residence HDB Amenities in and around HDB estates Eligibility to rent Hindu temples Homestays Hostels Hotels 07 05/54

56 07 07 09

64 12

L

Landlord's covenants Learning Hub, The Legal Aid Long-term Student Accommodation 45 03 49 13

M

Maps Mosques 16/67/68 57

P

Places of worship Buddhist temples Catholic churches Hindu temples Mosques Other churches Sikh gurdwaras Synagogues Taoist temples Police post Polyclinics Private estates Amenities in and around Private hostels Private Housing Public utilities 55 56 57 56 57 57 57 57 56 55 55 59 14 06 53

R

Religious places of worship Buddhist temples Catholic churches Hindu temples Mosques Other churches Sikh gurdwaras Synagogues Taoist temples Renting accommodation 56 57 56 57 57 57 57 56 43

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S

School hostels Serviced apartments Shopping amenities Short-term Student Accommodation Sikh gurdwaras Sporting facilities Student Accommodation Zones Student Services Hotline Synagogues 14 09 54 11 57 58 16 63 57

T

Taoist temples The Learning Hub Tenancy Agreement Before you sign Landlord's covenants Signing the tenancy agreement Tenant's covenants Transport 56 03 43 46 45 47 44 58

U

Useful Phone numbers 62

W

Wet markets Worship, Places of Buddhist temples Catholic churches Hindu temples Mosques Other churches Sikh gurdwaras Synagogues Taoist temples 54 56 57 56 57 57 57 57 56

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SINGAPORE - JOHOR CAUSEWAY

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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Kranji War Memorial

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Singapore Mandai Zoological Garde Orchid Gardens

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EW19 Queenstown EW20 Commonwealth EW21 Buona Vista EW22 Dover EW23 Clementi EW24 Jurong East

EW25 Chinese Garden EW26 Lakeside EW27 Boon Lay CG1 Expo CG2 Changi Airport NS1 Jurong East

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EW14 Raffles Place EW15 Tanjong Pagar EW16 Outram Park EW17 Tiong Bahru EW18 Redhill

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NS2 NS3 NS4 NS5 NS7

Bukit Batok Bukit Gombak Choa Chu Kang Yew Tee Kranji

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Pasir Ris Park

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Singapore Changi Airport Changi Ferry Terminal

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Changi Chapel & Museum

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Malay Village

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Boat Quay

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East Coast Park

Esplanade

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Fountain of Wealth HarbourFront Cruise Centre

STRAITS OF SINGAPORE

Sentosa Island

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(Interchange) (Interchange)

Marsiling Woodlands Admiralty Sembawang Yishun Khatib Yio Chu Kang Ang Mo Kio Bishan Braddell Toa Payoh Novena Newton Orchard Somerset Dhoby Ghaut City Hall

(Interchange)

NE1 HarbourFront NE3 Outram Park

NE4 Chinatown NE5 Clarke Quay NE6 Dhoby Ghaut

(Interchange)

NE7 NE8 NE9 NE10 NE12 NE13 NE14 NE16 NE17

Little India Farrer Park Boon Keng Potong Pasir Serangoon Kovan Hougang Sengkang Punggol

LRT Stations

Bukit Panjang LRT Sengkang LRT

NS26 Raffles Place NS27 Marina Bay

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